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The South China Morning Post published a letter to the editor submitted by B’nai B’rith President Seth J. Riklin, CEO Dan Mariaschin and Director of U.N. and Intercommunal Affairs David Michaels, regarding President Joe Biden’s meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.

We refer to US President Joe Biden’s trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia (“Biden ends trip with US-Saudi relations on the mend but few other wins”, July 17).

As a Jewish organization that has long engaged with Saudis and others in the region, we see the opening of Saudi airspace to flights to and from Israel as a very positive step.

Israel has shown itself to be not just ready but eager for peace with its Arab neighbours, establishing full diplomatic relations with Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco. As Iranian extremists continue to relentlessly threaten Israelis and Arabs alike, we hope that full ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia will follow.

Unencumbered cooperation between all the people of the region would prove a blessing for Israelis of all backgrounds, but no less for their Arab neighbours.

Read the letter in the South China Morning Post.

Seth J. Riklin, president, Daniel S. Mariaschin, CEO, David J. Michaels, director of UN and intercommunal affairs, B’nai B’rith International.